Birgitta Sponsors a Motion in Inter-Parliamentary Union

Birgitta Sponsors a Motion in Inter-Parliamentary Union

The Inter-Parlimentary Union is an organisation that lets MPs from parliaments around the world communicate  and cooperate with each other. An opportunity to consider and voice opinions on matters of international interest and promote human rights. A video describing the union can be seen below: In 2011 the Union took on the case of Member Birgitta Jónsdóttir. Her human rights had been violated by the United […]

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Surveillance Hangs Heavy Over Vienna

Surveillance Hangs Heavy Over Vienna

This article is a guest post from Rodney Yancey, who translated an article originally from Telepolis. Privacy groups in Austria are gearing up. Austria is a small country in the EU, but privacy concerns are as pressing here as everywhere else. It has been a while since citizens failed to prevent the Austrian government from enacting data retention, albeit not for lack of trying. The ensuing media circus yielded the country’s most popular […]

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German Journalists Charged With Treason For Post-Snowden Documents

German Journalists Charged With Treason For Post-Snowden Documents

The last time journalists were charged for treason in Germany was the Spiegel affair in 1962. Yesterday the German news site netzpolitik.org (well known and respected for their work reporting on “net-politics”) received a letter from the Federal Attorney General of Germany about investigations of treason. The investigation concerns two of their reporters, Markus Beckedahl and Andre Meister, whom are both accused together with an […]

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Young Pirates Surveil Government Officials at Security Conference

Young Pirates Surveil Government Officials at Security Conference

The Swedish Pirate Party’s youth organisation Young Pirates recently visited a security conference in Sälen, Sweden – and took the opportunity to track a hundred government officials, politicians, journalists and others through an open WiFi network. The annual Society and Defence conference always attracts a number of prominent guests, including top politicians, government officials, journalists, and top leaders of the mass surveillance establishment. The conference frequently gets its publicity stunts […]

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Exclusive: A Sneak Peek At CISPA 2015

Exclusive: A Sneak Peek At CISPA 2015

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is the bill in the US Congress that just refuses to die. Like a zombie, it keeps rising from the dead to harass cyber activists and civil liberties advocates. In a slight reprieve, Representative Mike Rogers, CISPA’s previous co-sponsor, has announced that he will not run for re-election. Never one to waste an opportunity for a crisis, […]

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Analogue Stress and Social Media Strategies (The Internet Days 2/2)

Analogue Stress and Social Media Strategies (The Internet Days 2/2)

The second day of The Internet Days conference brought interesting keynotes by Harper Reed and Annie Machon. The conference gathered many of the people in Sweden working with IT in Sweden. The Pirate Times was there to listen in on some of the sessions. The Swedish political party Feministiskt Initiativ – FI (Feminist Initiative) described how they used social media effectively during the last election campaign.  Creating positive […]

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Freedom not Fear International Action Days

Freedom not Fear International Action Days

Freedom not Fear is an organization that coordinates over 150 NGOs, political parties, trade unions and other organisations that share common aims. Namely: To have freedom of speech in a digitized world and a free and uncensored internet to express ourselves. To have privacy in the knowledge society, not surveillance. To live in freedom, not in fear. They are mostly European based but are drawing […]

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The Turkish Government Goes Pirate: Further Censorship and Surveillance Mechanisms Coming

The Turkish Government Goes Pirate: Further Censorship and Surveillance Mechanisms Coming

Due to legal obstacles to prohibiting social-media sharing by political dissidents in Turkey, the government has a new strategy: to act as Internet pirates. Much different than the political pirate movement, Turkey will now try to hack into ISPs’ systems and surveil users’ browsing/sharing habits. With this aim, recently the Internet watchdog sent a “secret orders” memo to ISPs, to prepare the software infrastructure necessary […]

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Was the Stockholm Internet Forum More Than Nice Words?

Was the Stockholm Internet Forum More Than Nice Words?

In his ending keynote Carl Bildt, Minister for Foreign Affairs in Sweden, had many nice words to say about the future for Internet Freedom and what ought to apply but the question is how much of those where just words. He mentioned how “freedom on and off the net is an absolute key value today” but deflected the question about the data retention directive through […]

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#SIF14 Conference, How Important is Internet Freedom?

#SIF14 Conference, How Important is Internet Freedom?

Stockholm Internet Forum 2014 (SIF14) “aims to deepen the discussions on how freedom and openness on the Internet promote economic and social development worldwide”. This was the third time that the Stockholm Internet Forum was organized by The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, .SE (The Internet Infrastructure Foundation) and The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The conference promotes ‘Internet Freedom’ and this year they […]

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